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Choosing the Right Partner for Your Digital Publication

Choosing the Right Partner for Your Digital Publication

The term “responsive magazines” is heard a lot these days. At the most basic, a responsive magazine adapts. For example, no matter what device it is being accessed from, a responsive magazines will adjust the screen size and formatting to match the device. Digital publishers that use PDfs mean to replicate their print edition on an electronic device. This is usually not a problem when being viewed on a big screen such as a laptop, or desktop monitor but becomes nearly impossible to read on a mobile phone or tablet device. In addition, a PDF is a static document without interactive features such as page links or videos. Read more »
Tools for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired to Access Electronic Information

Tools for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired to Access Electronic Information

It is estimated that there are over 10 million vision impaired people in the United States today. For children pursuing their education, being visually impaired can be a challenge, but now there are many options available for assistance that we never had before. So much of the information that we receive these days is obtained through digital technology, and assistive technology tools are available to help people who are blind or visually impaired get access to information using computers and other electronic devices. All current operati... Read more »
Assistive Technology – An Overview

Assistive Technology – An Overview

There are many methods available for a visually impaired person to access digital content (websites, documents, etc.). Some of the most common are screen readers, including text-to-speech (TTS), screen magnifiers and braille displays. The majority of screen reader software will simply read the text on a web page or document in a uniform, static way, from top to bottom and left to right. Only if the content creator builds accessibility into their documents and websites can assistive technologies be used in a dynamic way, allowing the reader to experience the website or document as completely as sighted people do. Digital accessibility comes from content creators, not from assistive technol... Read more »
Text to Speech as an Educational Tool

Text to Speech as an Educational Tool

When it first appeared in educational circles as a potential teaching tool, some felt that using text-to-speech educational technology to help struggling readers was sort of cheating. More like a crutch. Fortunately, as teaching methods evolve and technology becomes completely amalgamated in learning and teaching, TTS is becoming more common in today’s classrooms. TTS, which is software that reads text aloud as students follow the highlighted text on the screen, is proving that not only is text to speech not a crutch, but it is indeed an invaluable tool to help... Read more »
Text To Speech in Special Education

Text To Speech in Special Education

Text-to-speech (TTS) is an assistive technology. Briefly, assistive technology (AT) is considered any device, piece of equipment or system that helps a person with a disability work around his or her challenges so he or she can learn, communicate and function more easily. TTS is software that reads digital text aloud. It is sometimes referred to as “read aloud” technology. With just a click or touch, TTS turns words on a screen into audio. It is not surprising that this technology would be a great help for people who struggle with reading. In addition, TTS can help strengthen writing skills and improve focus and mindfulness. Read more »
How Text-To-Speech Improves Commerce

How Text-To-Speech Improves Commerce

For people who make their living with words, and for businesses who want to really communicate with their customers, Text-to-Speech technology is a fantastic tool. Writers, bloggers, editors and content producers are discovering that Text-to-Speech makes proofreading and editing faster and much more accurate. Hearing copy read aloud makes it easy to identify grammatical and spelling mistakes. All commerce to a greater or lesser extent now takes place online. Digital communication on various appliances is ubiquitous and it’s not going to change. Historically, web content providers have been limited to read-only, text-based offerings. Recently more dynamic approaches have been possible... Read more »
How Text-to-Speech Software Facilitates Learning

How Text-to-Speech Software Facilitates Learning

In a nutshell, Text-to-Speech software takes written text and transforms it into speech. This technology offers several benefits to consumers, businesses, publishers, personal users and educational, and social institutions. This next-generation communications technology can expand learning and financial opportunities in many ways. Digital publishers can offer their clients an easy way to access information and leisure. After a long day at work, having a way to relax and listen to the latest news, gossip, and trends without having to read a word is very appealing and gives digital publishers another edge over print. For educators, the sky is the limit, and the ability to teach languages... Read more »
Text-to-Speech Applications: Benefits and Uses

Text-to-Speech Applications: Benefits and Uses

Text-to-speech systems, also known as TTS, were first developed to aid the visually impaired by offering a computer-generated spoken voice that would "read" text to the user. TTS software in general is considered an assistive technology tool that can be used in many ways. Another early application of this technology was to help people who have trouble reading. The amendment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004 compelled educational institutions to seek out technology to assist in fulfilling this mandate. T... Read more »
Content Curation is Here to Stay. Publishers Must Embrace It

Content Curation is Here to Stay. Publishers Must Embrace It

Content curation is basically the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest. Services, including curating apps or people that implement content curation are called curators. Curation services can be used by businesses as well as end users. Content curation is often confused with, but is very different from content marketing. Content marketing often includes the use of original information designed to targ... Read more »
Apple’s Conundrum

Apple’s Conundrum

The recent request by the FBI for Apple to assist in the unlocking and access to an iPhone belonging to a suspected domestic terrorist has created a lot of interest and opinions among pundits, lawmakers and technology providers. The basic debate is about digital privacy and the obligation that companies do or do not have to modify their proprietary products for the so-called “public good”. The US Government’s request to Apple to create software to bypass the iPhone’s security capabilities, in effect weakening the very security protections that... Read more »